SCREENING APRIL 28TH
21, 2005 - Opening Night
John Griffin, Film Critic, The Gazette
O'Shea Was Here (D: Damien O'Donnell, 2004)
the kinetic Rory moves into a home for the disabled, he changes
the life of a young man with cerebral palsy, encouraging him to
experience life outside the confines of 'the system.'
Speaker: Peggy Curran, Journalist, The Gazette
the Sky Falls (D: John Mackenzie, 2000)
"This gray portrait of the Dublin underworld, produced in
the United Kingdom, is a refreshing--though brutal--change from
the usual aren't-they-quaint Hollywood portrayals of the Irish.
Joan Allen stars as Sinead, a feisty reporter who is waging a
crusade against the Dublin heroin trade. The story and character
are based on real-life Irish reporter Veronica Guerin, but the
movie is far from an idealized portrait. Allen lets Sinead's occasional
cocky manner and foolhardiness show through as clearly as her
convictions... When the Sky Falls offers a realistic portrayal
of both the viciousness of a crime scene and the frustration of
the police. Allen is more than ably backed by a terrific supporting
cast of Irish actors. And yes, she does the accent just fine..."
-Ali Davis, amazon.com
Starring: Joan Allen, Patrick Bergin, Liam Cunningham, Kevin McNally,
Jimmy Smallhorne, Pete Postlethwaite
Running Time: 107 mins
The Halo Effect (D: Lance Daly, 2004) starring Stephen
GUEST SPEAKER: Paul Loftus, Industrial Psychologist
" Irish Writer/Director Lance Daly returns to the screen
with his second feature film. Daly had subsidised his first low-budget
feature, Last Days by making deliveries for a pizza chain and
a Chinese take-away in Dublin. All the insidious and colourful
characters he encountered through working nights became the inspiration
for The Halo Effect.
Halo Effect portrays an eccentric and nocturnal side to Dublin,
full of characters completely removed from the Celtic Tiger and
the financial boom in Ireland. The film is shot mainly in a dirty
and dilapidated Dublin Chip Shop. Stephen Rea inaptly known as
Fatso plays the owner. Fatso shows kindness to all his drunken
and eccentric customers and is constantly doing good deeds. His
downfall is his gambling problem that leads him to risk everything
in one desperate attempt to save his business.
Irish film is full of excellent sketches of Dublin humour and
aptly highlights the eccentricities and humour of the capital
city. Brendan Cauldwell is outstanding in his performance as an
elderly man living on his own. Kerry Condon is vibrant as Fatso's
young assistant and there are hilarious love scenes shot between
Fiona O'Shaugnessy and Grattan Smith." www.dublinks.com
Feb 25: DOCUMENTARIES
A special evening devoted to films made from having access to
the "real" lives of people.
7:00PM - TWO FILMS!
Frank Ned and Busy Lizzie*,
a documentary directed by Neasa Ni Chianain,
* Last minute replacement:
The Last Storyteller
(D: Desmond Bell),
thanks to Margo Harkin
directed by Chris Landreth,
2005 Oscar Nominee,
Best Animated Short
Introduced by: Liam Maloney
Ned and Busy Lizzie (D: David Rane)
enchanting tale of an elderly man and his less -than- pure housekeeper
Frank Ned McCafferty, a 70 year old bachelor farmer living alone
in a emote part of North-West.ASZ
"Donegal, thinks his days of dirty laundry, unwashed dishes
and cold dinners are over with the unexpected arrival of Lizzie,
a 40 year old travelling saleswoman from Bridgend, 50 miles away.
Lizzie adopts Frank and starts to clean his house, cook for him
and keep him company. Frank has no relatives to leave his 60 acre
farm to, and the neighbours think the motives of Busy Lizzie are
less than pure. Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie is a film about a
charming and funny old man struggling to keep his farm going,
and his bizarre relationship with his housekeeper."
Mar 11: EVENING OF RECENT AWARD-WINNING SHORT
HERE FOR FULL PROGRAM
of Cine Gael Montreal Audience Award - Best Short-film 2005
29th: Special evening in collaboration with the National Film
When Hockey Came to Belfast (D: Linda Conway)
(preceded by "Blades and Brass")
When Hockey Came to Belfast is the striking story of how Canadian
ice hockey is transcending religious lines. Bringing Northern
Irish youth together in a shared love of the game, the rink gives
boys and girls a haven from the turf warfare that pervades their
Special Guests: Brian O'Neill, NHL consultant and Stanley cup
and The Hon. Warren Allmand, O.C., P.C., Q.C.
Cost: $7; $5 for Cine Gael members, students and seniors
Tuesday March 29 at 7 pm and 9 P.M. at the NFB Theatr, 1564 St.
and Sat, April 8-9: THE WEEKEND with special guest ROBERT QUINN
WEEKEND WITH ROBERT QUINN
FRIDAY, APRIL 8 at 7PM:
LEABHAR (The Book) - A short film directed by Robert Quinn
PARADISO - A feature film directed by Robert Quinn.The
director will be present.
fascinating insight into one of the most influential and pioneering
figures in Irish film making history, Bob Quinn. Son, and award
winning director in his own right, Robert Quinn, takes us on a
personal journey back to his own extraordinary childhood in the
mid 1970's." - in IFI Directory
Written, narrated & directed by Robert Quinn. Produced by
David cLoughlin & Clare Scully.
Winner - BEST DOCUMENTARY - Boston Irish Film Festival 2004
- BEST DOCUMENTARY - Galway Film Festival 2004
3 PM - Poitin directed
by Bob Quinn
5 PM - 6:45 Reception at McKibbins Irish Pub
7PM - Dead Bodies - directed by Robert Quinn, who will be
present at the film.
(D: Bob Quinn, 1979) - A tale about the cruel revenge a poteen-maker
takes on two ne'er-do-wells who steal poteen, wreck his house
and try to molest his daughter. Cast: Cyril Cusack , Niall Toibin
, Donal McCann , Mairead NiConghaile , MacDara O'Fatharta , Sean
BODIES (D: Robert Quinn) - Starring Andrew Scott, Kelly Reilly,
Darren Healy, Sean McGinley and Gerard McSorley.
' Based on a script by new Irish writer Derek Landy, this is a
multi-layered and wholly satisfying effort, full of deliciously
dark deceit and carried off well by a solid cast and a director
on form. Tommy
(Scott) is a self-absorbed young Dubliner who is too concerned
about where his own life is going to be in any way capable of
positively influencing somebody else's. So when his even more
self-absorbed ex-girlfriend moves back in to give their calamitous
coupling one last go, the omens are not good. The rows duly return
and after one particularly heated exchange, Tommy flees to cool
down. On his return, his ex lies prone and lifeless. Was it an
accidental fall or was it caused by his dismissive push?' - www.rte.ie
WITH ROBERT QUINN
$20 Non-members for weekend (4 events)
$15 Cine Gael members for weekend (4 events)
$10 for any individual event (Cingegael Paradiso, Poitin, Dead Bodies
Passes may be reserved by email or by sending a cheque to Cine Gael
Montreal, P.O. Box 446, Cote St. Luc Stn, Montreal, H4V 2Z1(Tickets
will be held at de Seve Cinema); or may be purchased at the door.
All screenings take place at de Seve Cinema, Concordia University,
1400 de Maisonneuve West (corner Bishop)
Apr 28: VERY SPECIAL SCREENING OF OMAGH
The Discovery Award, Toronto International Film Festival, voted
for by members of the international press corps attending the
(D: Pete Travis, UK/Ireland 2004)
Pete Travis`s Omagh deals with the Real IRA bombing that killed
29 people in August 1998.
has been no finer film made about the unsung victims and the grieving
families left behind by catastrophe. Omagh is elevated to even
loftier heights by the delicate, refined and simply outstanding
performance of McSorley. But this is a film that draws the best
from everyone involved, a stunning, subtle and delicate work that
makes its points with a quiet rage and unflinching gaze. This
is a magnificent and intensely moving portrait of people gently
taking back their lives." - Piers Handling, Festival Director,
Toronto International Film Festival
May 5: CLOSING GALA
"Funny, likeable, deeply touching.."
Adam & Paul
"You'll never look at Dublin in the same light again."
-Linda McGee, www.rte.ie
and Paul (D: Lenny Abrahamson, 2004)
"Stylised, minimalistic and trouser-soakingly funny
Adam & Paul is....a contemporary look at addiction
capital addiction - and two hapless souls rendered firmly in its
grip. Its dark, true, but a rare strain of physical humour
runs throughout and, as a result, the film catapults to a league
of its own.... this is daring. Groundbreaking even.
" ...Bleak, yet side-splitting; savage, yet heart-felt
a method and madness unknown to Irish cinema. Outstanding."
- Paul Connolly, www.indublin.ie
Starring Tom Murphy, Mark O'Halloran, Deirdre Molloy, Gary
Egan, Mary Murray, Paul Roe, Louise Lewis and Thomas Farrell.
Reception at Concorida's University Club to follow screening
$20 Non-members - film & reception
$15 Members - film & reception
This event usually sells out well in advance.
To reserve your ticket please send a cheque to Cine Gael Montreal,
P.O. Box 446, Cote St. Luc Stn, Montreal, H4V 2Z1 (Tickets will
be held at de Seve Cinema)